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"My family are explorers. We have been for generations. While others look up to the stars, we know there are an infinite number of things that shine in the darkness below. There are things lurking in the sea that long ago vanished into myth. My family are explorers. And we explore The Deep."
Antaeus Nekton

The Deep is an Australian/Canadian animated series based on the graphic novel of the same name by Tom Taylor and James Brouwer. The series follows The Nektons, a family of underwater explorers who live on a submarine known as The Aronnax. The Nekton family have devoted their lives to the exploration, discovery, and protection, of the oceans of the world, and all the marine life therein.

What's more, the Nekton family are also hunting for one of the biggest secrets the ocean holds, the sunken city of Lemuria. To that end, with the help of a mysterious old man by the name of Nereus, the Nektons are trying to locate and collect the pieces of an ancient artifact called The Efemicron, which could lead them straight to Lemuria.

The series debuted on 7TWO on December 1st, 2015, and is currently airing on Family Charged.Needs TV Tropes Magic

The Deep contains the following tropes:

  • Action Dad: William Nekton.
  • Action Mom: Kaiko Nekton.
  • Agent Mulder: Ant
  • A.I. Is a Crapshoot: A.I.M.Y., an artificial intelligence developed by Professor Fiction to protect The Nektons. She took this objective so seriously, that she actually began forbidding them from anything she interpreted as the Nektons putting themselves in danger.
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: Fontaine clearly feels something for Smiling Finn, a pirate, who reciprocates her feelings.
  • Ambiguously Brown: The Nektons. Word of God says they're mixed race.
  • Annoying Younger Sibling: Fontaine regards Ant as this.
  • Awesome Underwater World: The Nektons are devoted to exploring and documenting the wonders of the deep.
  • Big Bad: Season 1 had Proteus as an enemy to the Nektons in finding Lemuria. Season 2 had him demoted to Big Bad Wannabe to make Alpheus more threatening
  • Big "NO!": Captain Hammerhead screams this at the end of "Loki's Castle" when he learns that the treasure is fake.
  • Bioluminescence Is Cool: The giant hermit crabs glow a bright blue.
  • Dismantled Macguffin: The Efemicrom in Season One.
  • Evil Old Folks: Proteus.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: Fontaine is the Responsible Sibling to Ant's Foolish Sibling
    • Mad Madeline is the Foolish Sibling to Smiling Finn's Responsible Sibling
  • Giant Enemy Crab: Well, the word "enemy" may be a bit of a stretch, but the giant hermit crabs the Nektons encounter in one episode DID take a man's fridge and water tank. Even if it was to use them as new shells.
  • Giant Squid: Antaeus and Fontaine are nearly eaten by one in one episode. Later on, a whole bunch of them show up and attack The Aronnax.
  • Megalodon: The Nektons come across one of these in "Strange Migration" after it nearly eats two of them. They manage to avoids its stomach by hanging on to one of its gills.
  • Mini-Mecha: The Knights, robotic diving suits that are just on the "piloted rather than worn" side of the line between this and Powered Armor.
  • Myth Arc: The Nekton family's hunt for the city of Lemuria.
  • Only Sane Man: Fontaine. Also Finn.
  • Team Pet: Jeffrey
  • The Chosen One: Nereus and Proteus firmly believe that Ant is the one who will reassemble the Efemicrom, and get it to reveal Lemuria's location.
  • Real Award, Fictional Character: William Nekton is an Olympic gold medalist in swimming.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: The mining executive in the episode "Bloop." While initially seeming like a Corrupt Corporate Executive he does offer to stop if the Nektons get him proof of what's causing the titular Bloop. Once they get genuine evidence of the source and that his automated mining machine will destroy it if allowed to continue, he immediately orders the mining to be halted. When the machine refuses to stop (due to unintentional damage caused by the Nektons attempting to slow the machine earlier), he gives them the schematics for it and is willing to accept whatever damage the Nektons have to do in order to halt the runaway digger.
  • The Reveal: Turns out, the Nektons are Lemurian, and their search for Lemuria is out of a need to go home.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: Sealed within Lemuria is something evil that Proteus intends to harness for his own goals.
  • Secret Keeper: An inversion with Nereus. He tends to keep many secrets from the Nektons, which often cause them to distrust him.
  • Seldom-Seen Species: Name one other series that had Mantis Shrimp and Syanceia in it.
  • Ship Tease: Smiling Finn and Fontaine Nekton.
  • Shout-Out: Their submarine is named after Prof. Aronnax from 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.
  • Submarine Pirates: Captain Hammerhead and the crew of the Dark Orca, who act as a dark version of the heroic Nekton family.
  • Sub Story:
  • This Is Reality: Fontaine says this when Ant is trying to create a Catch-Phrase.
  • Turtle Island: In the episode "Tartaruga", the Nektons find out that an island that apparently moved is one of these.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: The Dark Orca Crew, despite the Nektons helping save their ship in "Captured".
  • The Worm That Walks: In "The Abyss Stares Back", the Nektons encounter a species of octopus that cluster together and use their camouflage ability to mimic other creatures.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Fontaine a pink streak in her hair.